Low energy and fatigue are symptoms of bad habits and negative lifestyle factors that you can control. We are the product of our everyday habits, and we choose every day whether we want to improve ourselves, maintain excellence or contribute to our own discontent. But first we must be aware of bad habits, so we can take the necessary steps to change them.
Let’s look at some of the possible causes of low energy levels.
1. Lack of proper sleep
Sleep is absolutely essential to brain health, energy, and physical health.The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) links sleep deficiency to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
A full 7-9 hours of sleep each night will maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
However, you may need to arrange your schedule, make sure to accommodate for this. Doing so will increase your energy, efficiency, and overall well-being.
2. Worrying about the insignificant
There’e no need to overthink everything. If a legitimate concern needs rectifying, then take action ASAP. Overthinking things is usually unproductive and just creates needless stress. Square with whatever risk you take with making a certain decision, do what you can to mitigate it, and then follow through. Overthinking doesn’t create a better outcome, it just drains your energy while you’re executing a tough decision, which isn’t good for you.
3. Not drinking enough water
Dehydration can negatively affect your brain function. It is important to drink enough water to replace any water loss your body has due to urination, certain medications, sweat, or drinking soda.
Dehydration also leads to an electrolyte imbalance which can cause further energy loss. Even if you are only slightly dehydrated, it becomes more difficult to concentrate.
Always carry a bottle of water wherever you go. Also, if you work a desk job or spend more time in one place, make sure there’s a bottle of water.
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4. Always checking email & social media
Social Media can be a HUGE distraction and can take us away from those we love the most, who are in our real everyday face-to-face life. If someone has to wait a couple of hours for an email, then they wait. The world won’t end, so relax.
5. Not getting proper nutrition
Food is fuel for our brains…literally. Mass-produced, packaged, processed food is saturated with fat, sugar, salt, and preservatives that are harmful to your brain and body.
If your lifestyle or daily habits cause you to eat meals out instead of cooking at home, you are likely eating more junk food than your body can handle. Making your diet a priority is essential when it comes to your overall health. It will also help you to stay alert during the day.
6. Worrying what people think
Not enough likes on that photo you uploaded? Nobody noticed your new hair cut? Why does that woman keep glancing at you?
You will never please everyone, so it’s best to just try and please yourself. Rather than worrying about what people think, assume everyone talks sh*t about you and move on. You’ll feel much better about things and have more energy.
7. Holding onto anger and resentment
Anger and resentment are extremely counterproductive to your energy and is not worth the mental and physical cost.
If we choose to live with unforgiveness, we choose to suffer. Instead of poisoning yourself with hatred, choose to forgive and move on, whether or not someone deserves your forgiveness. Do it to give yourself peace. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your chest.
So there you have it! 7 toxic habits that drain your energy
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